Dawn, I also have made the switch to using only my own sold items money to purchase new items (around a year now). It has certainly slowed my purchasing down a LOT. I am much more frugal and slow to make a new purchase. And I had the same philosophy about buying a lot for something that might not ever really get off the ground with any height. That is why I have not yet purchased a tumbler. However I'm probably shooting myself in the foot. What's that old expression? You have to spend money to make money. I'm sure that goes for a lot of things. It will probably be my next purchase though...either that or a pickle pot and supplies. Let's see how my taxes turn out first. Glad to hear you are finally taking the plunge!
Too funny about christening the Dawn, Gayle! Maybe I should dye my hair blue and then I could truly be "Blue Dawn"!
Jeanne, once I started using only the funds from sold items, I've found that I've started treating my business like a real business. Granted, it's a teeny, tiny business, but knowing that those are the only funds I'll allow myself to use, has made me carefully consider purchases rather than just whipping out the credit card to buy beads cuz I like 'em.
This latest "big" purchase was between a torch and the tumbler. At this point, I've used a torch to make headpins and to do some fold forming and while I really enjoyed playing with fire, I think I'll get a lot more use out of the tumbler to harden and polish metal.
Yea, and last night I took the plunge and bought a tumbler from Harbor Freight. I so wanted the Lortone based on what people hear advised, but the one at Harbor Freight had great reviews and it was considerably less than the Lortone. It's true about spending money to make money, but when one has limited funds, they have to make what seems like the most sensible decision.
Gayle, you've reinforced my thinking that purchasing a tumbler was the right decision. Now, about the dremel...one of these days I hope to do more with it than grind down Elle's toenails!
Just be cautious about the HF tumbler. I have a friend who bought one and her sterling silver came out with a yellowish cast. She replaced the tumbler barrel with the brand name barrel and all was well. Something in her barrel was causing the coloration. Maybe it was just hers.
Yea, I know I'm taking a risk with the HF tumbler. If it turns out I made the wrong decision, I'll have to suck it up and get a Lortone. Not sure if it matters or not, but I'll be using it for copper as I rarely work with sterling silver. Bonus if it turns out that way is that I'll have a tumbler to polish rocks!
Andrea, you crack me up. There was mention of it going through belts and several people mentioned using heavy duty rubber bands with success. Love the visual! There were also people who posted in the reviews about setting the tumbler up when it arrives so that the belts don't break as they don't come from the factory properly installed. Sounds like an easy enough fix.
Stay tuned for more installments of "As the Tumbler Turns!"
Don't be afraid, Dawn! I was afraid, too, but it's really not complicated at all. Just put your shot in there, cover your jewelry with distilled water and add a couple of drops of Dawn (lol). Put the cover on, screw it down tightly (but not too tightly) and plug it in. Tumble for an hour or more and voila! Shiny jewelry!